By - Saurabh Shukla

Do you know about the richest farm woman in India?

Farming to Agripreneurship

Smt. Rathnamma Gundamanttha from Srnivasapura taluk, Kolar, started her journey as a farmer with a vision to innovate and add value to her agricultural practices.

Diversified Farming

With 4 acres of land, Rathnamma adopted diverse farming practices. She cultivated mango orchards, and millets, and curated sericulture plantations. Embracing modern techniques advised by ICAR-KVK, Kolar, optimized her yields.

Training and Empowerment

Attending vocational training programs on value addition and marketing empowered Rathnamma. She learned to process millets, prepare pickles, and utilize advanced technologies from institutions like ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, and ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad.

Market Expansion

Rathnamma used low-cost ripening chamber tech for mangoes and established millet processing and pickle units with financial assistance. She sold her products under her brand "Vedic Food Products" both locally and online, expanding her market reach.

Sustainable Farming, Sustainable Life

With a family of four and modest livestock, Rathnamma not only sustains her household but also nurtures a thriving agribusiness. Her dedication to farming and entrepreneurship sets an example of sustainable livelihoods.

Recognition and Awards

Rathnamma's pursuit of excellence earned her awards at various levels, from local to state, including the "Richest Women Farmer of India" at the 'Millionaire Farmer of India Awards 2023' hosted by Krishi Jagran and sponsored by Mahindra Tractors.


Rathnamma's annual income is Rs. 1.18 crores. She inspires farmers and entrepreneurs nationwide. Her journey from traditional farmer to billionaire agripreneur highlights the power of innovation in agriculture.

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